Kelly, we're renting. We rent through Schmidt Management. They are rather dim-witted but the owner of our home is pretty good. There are tons of homes up here for rent because nothing's really selling right now. Our home's owner is dying for us to make an offer on the house. But until we're sure the market is at the very bottom and DH's job is secure, we rent. And we have a house right on west bay so it's a blast most of the time. I live about 1/2 mile away from Pathfinder in one of the older family homes built in the late 60s that are so plentiful up here.
When we first moved up here, we were positive we were going to live on Old Mission someday. But now we've fallen in love with Leelanau peninsula and we feel so establed here. Our CSA is with Black Star. We love Sutton's Bay and Northport's park. And Sleeping Bear is a 25 minute drive way. Had we just bought instead of renting, I'd be bored out of my mind in a cute little old schoolhouse on OMP, 30 miles from EVERYTHING.
I have encouraged everyone who's ever looked up here since I've known them to rent first because everyone I know thought they wanted to be someplace other than they orginally thought. The friends who bought in Lake Ann are desperately trying to sell their house to get into downtown TC and vice versa for another friend. My friend that would only look on OMP is always in Sutton's Bay, dreaming about life there. There's something about this area that people never expect to fall in love with.
You've made me even more excited about coming there. Thanks!